In a note to investors, seen by MacRumors, Kuo explained that the second-generation AirPods Pro will feature new selling points, including support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) audio and a charging case that can emit a sound to highlight its location. It seems likely that this sound-emitting charging case will integrate into the Find My app, similar to how users can currently emit a sound from their individual AirPods inside the case to help find them.
All of Apple's current AirPods products, including the third-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max, do not support Lossless audio. This is because AirPods play audio via Bluetooth, limiting them to the AAC codec. Higher quality Apple Lossless Audio Codec files would presumably need to be streamed to AirPods directly to circumvent Bluetooth and enable a Lossless listening experience.
Kuo also reiterated that the next-generation earbuds will feature a new design and launch in the fourth quarter of 2022, which is slightly later than the third-quarter prediction suggested by other rumors. Kuo still believes that AirPods may support health monitoring features in the future, but did not directly associate this rumor with the second-generation AirPods Pro.
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